Monday, July 23, 2012

Hiatus


semi sheer peach blouse ~ arm candy ~ denim high waisted shorts ~ braided belt

~ Blogger on hiatus due to a promotion at work which means 25+ hours of work weekly, and on top of that I'm attending 4 classes a week at University. We're talking Calculus and Algebra here. Commerce program here I come! I'll be back in full swing at the end of August, but in the mean time, catch up with me on my Tumblr and Instagram! Lastly, enjoy your summer.We have been getting extremely hot weather, close to zero rainfall, and humidity like no other. Life in Ottawa, folks. Tell me how your summer has been!

Thursday, July 05, 2012

Green Vegan Smoothie


Smoothies are my go-to beverage during the scorching summer months. I'm not sure what has been up with the Ontario weather, but we have been having countless hot days. I remember last summer was filled with rainy days, but I do like the sunshine, even if I'm locked up working or going to class all day long. 

I've been making green smoothies for about 2 years now ever since I came across this recipe. It was in fact the first recipe that got me interested in healthy eating and healthy living blogs. Now, it's safe to say that I'm addicted and my Google Reader is always full of great content. 

One more thing before we get to the goods: don't be scared away by the spinach! I promise it does not add any funky taste or texture, and with flavored protein powder, there is no chance of a spinachy taste. This recipe is contains vitamins and minerals from the fruit/vegetable, as well as protein and healthy fats.





Green Smoothie
(inspired by the 'Virgin Green Monster')

Ingredients:
1 sliced frozen ripe banana (the more ripe, the better)
2-3 handfuls of organic spinach
1/2 - 1 cup almond milk
1 scoop of vanilla whey protein powder (optional) 
1 tbsp peanut butter
4+ ice cubes

Steps:
1. Add the banana, spinach, almond milk, protein powder and peanut butter into your blender. Put the lid on and blend away until everything is well blended. If it wont blend , stir it around of add 1/4 cup (or more if necessary) of almond milk. 
2. Once all is blended, add the ice cubes and blend again until they're crushed up. 
3. Pour into a tall glass and enjoy! 

Tips:
If you don't have organic ingredients, that's OK! 
You can substitute milk or other 'milks' like soy, hemp, rice, coconut, etc., but personally unsweetened almond milk is my favorite.
Ice isn't necessary, but it makes it thicker, icy-er  and colder which I think is necessary in the summer!
Try adding other fruits, but I would be cautious with other vegetables, unless it's kale because I've tried that and it works great [just don't add the stems].